[Photo: Children at water pump in Sindh, Pakistan. Dept for International Development, UK.]
By Mahboob Khawaja, PhD
We know that a town can die, We know that a people can fade away. At the crux of these deaths is the removal, or the loss, of young people. Whether by their choice or sometimes, by force, the youth leave and never return. Without the presence of the young, the population will decline until no one remains. Can the same thing happen to a nation? If the argument that Dr. Khawaja presents is accurate, then Pakistan is one such a course to extinction.
Imperialism leaves wounds on a people that can take generations to heal – if they heal – and if the people last that long. We could easily argue that imperialism embeds corruption as a natural part of governing institutions. Why and How? The people over whom power and control are exerted are demeaned and considered of lesser worth than the ruling people. Those ruling people include both the direct representatives of the imperial power and those who are raised from the native population to act as proxies of the imperialists. Historically, it seems almost common practice that those who are appointed functionaries of the government (regardless of form) can engage in self-dealing with impunity. Therefore, the situation of Pakistan’s post-imperial experience has been rife with the self-dealing of top leadership and top military personnel is the rule and not the exception.
Another major component of imperial rule is to implement institutions that control the population and serve the imperialists whether through institutionalizing loyalty to reinforcing the dependent and lesser status of the colonized. One critical institution is via implementation of the Western educational system. This education not only teaches information and skills that the imperialists think are important, but also demeans the knowledge, skills, and culture of the colonized. Upon reaching maturity, these children may feel that there is no place for them in their country of origin.
Pakistan is in the post-colonial period. One assumes that social institutions have returned to a more normal environment where Pakistanis shape educational and other systems. However, development within the country seems at best uneven both by class and by region. Children may find no place for themselves upon completing their education either domestically or internationally. If they desire to reform the governance of their nation to better serve the people, they may be dissuaded from living in Pakistan at all. This creates an outflow of population. This happens across the globe as children leave either farms or small towns for “opportunities” in the city or even outside the country. The death of the small town in the United States is so common now, that it’s rarely even discussed. [Note that the rise in those working from home may reverse this trend in so-called “developed” nations.] Regardless, the outflow of citizens and future leaders may contribute to a long downward spiral for post-colonial nations – especially if leadership does not find it in their interests to repatriate such national talent.
Mahboob Khawaja, PhD
How We, the People got to Disdained Present?
The new, educated, and proactive generation of Pakistanis wonders why the country and its systems of governance are dysfunctional, corrupt, and self-destructive. Why over 75 years we have been fighting with ourselves, the neocolonial systems of thinking and actions that remain intact to the savagery of British colonialism. The national freedom movement was a political struggle over the ages inspired by Allama Mohammad Iqbal – the poet and philosopher and led by the Muslim League under the leadership of Mohammad Ali Jinnah-Qaid-e-Azam as our history narrates. No military generals were fighting for the freedom of Pakistan. While the new generations were ignored and deprived of any practical role in nation-building the essence of a framework for nation-making, the generals were actively conspiring military coups and producing inept and corrupt so-called politicians to govern the country against reasoned political governance. Five military coups obliterated the moral, intellectual, and political foundation of Pakistan bringing it to a catastrophic loss of its eastern part and the state of Jammu and Kashmir to India. The Five Military coups were a stab in the body of Pakistan.
The Generals embody naive and violent assumptions of freedom plagued with tyranny and corruption to reassure the foreign Masters thereby continuing financial and military support to the Pakistani Army. This also ensured the continuance of IMF loans, the Civil Service, and systems of political governance, all based upon their allegiance to British imperialism -now replaced by American political hegemony, US-AID, and military domination. This institutionalized betrayal and deception is nothing new to the cause of national freedom. The Europeans subjugated the masses to “divide and rule” and viewed the ‘subjects’ as unequal less than human beings at the ballot box or to stand beside the colonial Masters.
The contemporary trajectory of politics spells out the unthinkable wave of chaos and mismanagement by a few generals and corrupt judiciary shaping a dark future for the present and future-making. Pakistan is fast becoming a dead-ended entity of moral, political, and intellectual landscape. Truthtelling is maligned and persecuted by the ruling elite. British changed the sub-continent in 90 years, but Pakistan after 75 years has no viable system of political governance. Its home-grown enemies and traitors like ZA Bhutto, Ms. Bhutto, General Yahya Khan, Zardari, Sharifs, and General Musharraf were more harmful than foreign enemies. These impostors are seen as scum floating on a torrent. Pakistan lives in limbo missing a legitimate system of political governance and accountability and a system of law and justice.
Nations cease to exist when educated people of new generations who could have replaced the old and redundant guards leave the country and never return to build the nation. Young educated generations embark on migrating to Europe or America and never come back. It is an irresistible necessity of time and truth that those in power must be warned and listen to voices of reason and political necessity for change and truth for restraint and civilized behavior.
The generals do not have the knowledge-based capacity and credibility to develop economic, moral, and intellectual fabrics of nation or thinkers or poets or philosophers; they do not prepare present and future generations of educated people for national responsibility and share no sense of law and social justice to enhance nation-building. These egoistic generals and accomplices have no sense of time and history of how Pakistan was created and its imperatives for nation-building and democratic principles of fair and honest political governance. It is widely believed that the generals played an active role in removing Imran Khan – an elected PM from power and installing an indicted criminal and money launderer Sharif to power. Pakistani politics if any has become a hollow joke in global affairs. They are working and supporting the same plan of individualistic interest to undermine the freedom of Pakistan.
When would we learn about our wrong thinking, wrong priorities, and wrong actions? This current state of Pakistani affairs reflects a complete societal breakdown and march towards self-annihilation. Despite hollow claims of the generals, no moral and ethical behavior is seen in the sudden and inexplicable plunge into human wickedness highlighting the affairs of the besieged nation.
People Won National Freedom and the Generals Destroyed it
Most dreadful tragedies have infallibly resulted in victimizing the masses. Today, the nation is crippled with catastrophic events of insecurity, mismanagement, and socioeconomic and political exploitation. The Pakistani ruling elite and the Generals are not open to reason and accountability. They are engaged in systematic subversion of national freedom, security, and future-making. They cannot realize the imperatives of hopes and expectations of the new generation of educated and morally and intellectually competent people. The future belongs to the new generation of educated people, not to the naive and obsolete Generals. They view “power” and “Pakistan” as their property. The authoritarian leaders played with Pakistan’s destiny and future without being questioned. They are the wrong people, with wrong thinking and doing the wrong things. If there was any fair system of accountability, some of the Generals and accomplice politicians could well have faced firing squads for their crimes against the nation. Are the Generals waiting for another mishap of formative history? Please see “British Colonialism and How India and Pakistan Lost Freedom.” Global Research and Uncommon Thought Journal: 1/01/22. In “Pakistan Leaders or Criminals”, you will discover how Bhuttos, Zardari, Sharifs, and General Musharaf – these thugs stole billions and billions to own properties in UK, France, and Spain. The Thinking People of the New Generation view them as the most corrupt, crime-riddled monsters who will never come to terms with reason and honesty to reflect on their wrongdoings. They never imagined–how the present and future generations would remember them. Please see by this author: “Pakistan Imperatives of Political Change for a Progressive Nation”2019; “Pakistan where Politics and Corruption are the Same” 2014; “Pakistan in Search of Freedom and Security”, Uncommon Thought Journal and Global Research: 10/20/22, and “Pakistan, Planned Political Chaos: Imran Khan a Victim of Hope for the Future”, Global Research: 11/06/2022; “Pakistan in Search of Its Soul.” Uncommon Thought Journal: 8/06/23
Was Imran Khan a Victim of Political Vengeance?
The Generals and Sharif family wanted to dehumanize Khan and his PTI organization and for the last two years, they bent on destroying his political integrity under false charges of corruption. Pakistan’s failure to hold any credibility of the law and justice system is widely observed by all concerned. Although Imran Khan spoke of moral and intellectual values and nation-building, he did very little to support that agenda. He did not kill anybody nor rob any banks and was keen to have legal accountability for the stolen wealth and killings by the Sharif brothers, Bhuttos, Zardari, and others. But political governance was infested with corrupt figures of the past. Tyranny is always powerless and transitory. Often when sadistic politicians cannot solve one set of problems, they come up with other naïve ideas to create more critical problems to distract the masses. Khan has been imprisoned under a false pretext of political vengeance and to pave the way for another opening for the crime-riddled Sharif family. What is the solution to the morally and intellectually sickening political culture of Pakistani politics? It is hard to imagine that General Assam Munir and his few sadistic partners including the Sharif family would create an environment of free and fair elections. The law and justice system is already collapsed and Pakistan could fall into another conspiracy for its disintegration. They would hold fake elections and do their best to see the return of the Sharif family corresponding to the geopolitical agenda of the inept generals. If the Generals and Sharif have any sense of history, reasoning, and accountability, they should not be part of any conspiracy against the people of Pakistan. They could well face the same fate as all conspiratorial and traitors should do – court martial and firing squads to clean the floating scum.
History will judge the imposters by their actions, not by their claims to serve the nation.
Dr. Mahboob A. Khawaja specializes in international affairs-global security, peace and conflict resolution with keen interests in Islamic-Western comparative cultures and civilizations, and is the author of several publications including the latest: One Humanity and the Remaking of Global Peace, Security and Conflict Resolution. Germany, 12/2019.
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